"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Temple On The Plains


We left the temple on the hill and crossed a small part of the massive Deccan Plateau.
Simon, our driver, had marked the 1,000 year old temple at Nanjangud as the next place to be explored.

Compared with Gopalswamy, this temple was vast and crowded.
Having entered the complex, we joined a tightly packed queue to enter the heart of the building. The line’s great length was concealed by its snaking around countless corners and through a maze of columned passages.

It was a little like queueing for a popular ride at Disney World.

But without the benefits of skilled crowd-management.


Finally, our destination was revealed.

We were to receive darshan


4 responses

  1. How did that occur {receiving darshan}?

    May 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

    • Through my ignorance.
      I had assumed the queue of people was simply waiting to enter the temple. But these were pilgrims, just like the Christians who line up to see holy relics – and feel blessed by them in some way.

      May 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

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